Our coaches.



JOHN GABRIEL | Club President, Boys Coach
John was born in Long Beach, CA but raised in Nyack, NY where he started playing lacrosse and soccer at an early age. John was a four year letterman in both sports, attending Clarkstown South High School. From there, John attended Onondaga CC, to sharpen his lacrosse skills and academics. He transferred to New England College where he was named the school's first ever NCAA All-American in Lacrosse (2011) as well as the Commonwealth Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. John was also named team defensive player of the year for the NEC Men's Soccer team in 2011. John moved west to pursue a Master's Degree in Education and focus on his coaching skills as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III powerhouse, Whittier College. John is currently a full time Physical Education teacher in Los Angeles and resides in Belmont Shore with fiance Isabella.
Contact Coach John at: johngabrielcoaching@gmail.com

MATT CUNNIFFE |  Coaching Director, Boys Coordinator, Boys Coach
Matt is from Boston, Massachusetts where he started playing lacrosse at the age of 13 in the Needham Youth Lacrosse system. He went on to play at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, MA. He was a four year starter and two year captain where he led the team to their first playoff berth in the program’s history. He was awarded the Coaches’ Award in 2003, and he is the first Division 1 lacrosse player to come out of the high school. He participated in the famous Bay State Summer Games in Boston on Team Metro. Matt went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He lettered all four years while at Holy Cross and was awarded the Martha S. Lemley Unsung Hero Award by the team while completing his degree in Sociology. After college, Matt continued to play lacrosse for several competitive post collegiate club teams in both field and box lacrosse, and he continues to play. He has coached the JV team and helped in all aspects of the lacrosse program at his alma mater Catholic Memorial, an annually top 20 ranked team in the state. He has coached in the Medfield Youth Lacrosse Program in Medfield, MA which is the feeder program to the multiple state title winner, Medfield High School. He specializes in all aspects lacrosse from offensive concepts to defense tactics, face-off fundamentals, goalie development, and conditioning and weight training. He is currently Head Varsity Coach at Los Alamitos High School. Matt lives in Signal Hill with his wife who is a Long Beach native.
Contact Coach Matt at: matt.cunniffe@gmail.com or 617-784-2129

Sterling is from Boston, Massachusetts where he started playing lacrosse with the Metro Lacrosse youth program at the age of 11. He went on to play for Metro's varsity team for four years, and was named Captain as a Sophomore. He played college lacrosse at Greensboro College, a Division 3 school in North Carolina. He's also coached several Metro Lacrosse day and overnight camps. Sterling has done a great job coaching boys of all ages with Beach Cities. Sterling was also the founding head coach of the boys lacrosse program at Woodrow Wilson High School.
Contact Coach Sterling at: silver82590@yahoo.com or 508-577-8741

Coach Bree, grew up in San Diego where she started playing lacrosse as a Freshman at Grossmont High School. During her four years of high school lacrosse, she was Captain, Overall MVP and 1st team All-League All-Star. She went on to attend CSULB and played four years of college lacrosse for CSULB women’s lacrosse, where she was Captain, Vice President, Overall MVP, and a 1st team All-League All-Star. Coach Bree graduated CSULB in May 2018 with a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology concentrated in Leadership. She plans on pursuing a Masters Degree in Sport Management starting Fall 2019. She currently is head coach of the Long Beach Poly girls' lacrosse program, head coach at Hughes Middle School, coaches for Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse Girls Program and provides private lessons upon request. Lacrosse is Coach Bree’s passion and she loves nothing more than to help others attain their goals for optimal success!
Contact Coach Bree at: laxcoachbree@gmail.com or 619-606-2071

SAL MELGOZA | Boys Coach
Sal started playing lacrosse when he was 14 as a freshman at Jordan High School in Los Angeles. He played with many teams throughout his high school career: Dinolax Inner City Team, Los Angeles All City Team, El Segundo High School and various clubs. In college, he played as a midfielder at UC Irvine, a Division 2 MCLA school. He's currently studying Criminology. Sal is also Head JV Coach for Redondo Union High School and coaches various ages for BCYL. He's the stick doctor for BCYL and always does a great job!
Contact Coach Sal at: smelgoza94@gmail.com or 323-804-8071

Courtney was born and raised in Millington, New Jersey where she attended Watchung Hills Regional High School. On the lacrosse field as a freshmen she was Rookie of the Year for the Lady Warriors and as a sophomore, she was awarded honorable mention for the Skyland conference.  As a junior, she made 2nd team All-Conference and as a senior captain was awarded 1st team All-Conference and Academic All American.  She continued to play her freshmen year at Ursinus College until suffering a career ending injury which led her to coaching.  During the spring seasons, Courtney was Head JV Coach at Spring-Ford Area High School in Royersford, PA and she spent her summers as a coach for T3 Elite Lacrosse club based out of Basking Ridge, NJ. She majored in Psychology and minored in Neuroscience and Coaching at Ursinus until graduating in 2017 then moving to Long Beach, California to pursue a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Long Beach State. For the 2018 season, Courtney was the Assistant Varsity Coach at Los Alamitos High School before being named Head Coach for the 2019 season.
Contact Coach Courtney at: courtney.novak495@gmail.com or 908-334-5997

Coach Giz has been playing lacrosse for 14 years as a middie and face off specialist since his freshman year at The Preuss School UCSD in San Diego. Upon graduating high school, he enrolled at UC Irvine and immediately joined UCI Men’s Lacrosse Club and had the opportunity to play for Coach Fox. Giz earned his BA in Business Economics and now looks forward to coaching the next generation of lacrosse players.
Contact Coach Giz at: gguzmanescobar@gmail.com or 858-336-3507

SOPHIA HAMPP | Girls Coach
Sophia played three years of competitive club lacrosse at UC Irvine, where she was named defensive player of the year and was chosen for League 1st Team All Stars her senior year. She graduated from UC Irvine in June with degrees in Psychology and Criminology. She is currently working as an ABA therapist for young children on the autism spectrum.
Contact Coach Sophia at: hamppsophia@gmail.com or 805-451-4979

Kevin has volunteered with BCYL for many years as both a boys coach, a board member and served as BCYL President from 2008-2015. Kevin is both a US Lacrosse Certified Level 1 Coach and a Level 1 Instructor. He began playing youth lacrosse at an early age in Wilton, CT and then played as a defenseman for the eleven-time state champion high school program there. Kevin went on to play for the University of Notre Dame as defensive midfielder and close defenseman, earning three letters in his four years at Notre Dame. Kevin is Vice President of US Finance for Element Materials Technology in Huntington Beach. He resides in Long Beach with his wife and children.
Contact Coach Kevin at: kevin.murphy@element.com or 714-642-8892

WILL PRYOR | Boys Coach
Will has been coaching with BCYL for 10 years and served as BCYL President from 2016-2020. He is a US Lacrosse Certified Level 1 and Level 2 Coach. Will played high school lacrosse in Watertown, CT as goalie and defenseman at Taft School in the competitive Western New England Prep League. He also has a long history of playing and coaching ice hockey. Professionally, this is Will's 33rd year with the LA County Fire Department, currently serving as Battalion Chief. His two sons have played lacrosse for many years; first with BCYL and then LB Poly High School.
Contact Coach Will at: willpryormail@gmail.com or 310-925-2590